Walk Three: Bluebells, Woodland and Lake Windermere
For our final walk in The Lakes we fancied a change of scenery. After a day of looking up at imposing craggy peaks, we headed down to Ambleside and surroundings for some lush fields, woodland and lake views.
Heading through Skelghyll Wood
We started from the footpath on Lake Road in Waterhead (LA22 0HD). The footpath is clearly signed and is accessed by way of a set of stone steps between Romney Grange and Lake House Hotel. We followed the narrow path and headed north towards Skelghyll Wood. The path is fairly steep to begin with; however the way is clearly marked and easy to follow. Luckily (for the photographer amongst us!) the bluebells were in full bloom all around.
Beautiful bluebells in Skelghyll Wood
We joined the bridleway and continued to Jenkin Crag, which is signposted. This observation point offers outstanding views across Lake Windermere, and is a great spot to stop for a breather.
Looking out over Lake Windermere from Jenkin Crag
We carried on along the path, which by now has flattened out, again enjoying outstanding views of the lake on our right, as we went. We headed east for High Skelghyll, passing through a farmyard and staying on the bridleway. The track then turns and heads south east past Low Skelghyll.
The bridleway at High Skelghyll
We carried on until the bridleway splits in two, one branch carries straight on towards Low Fold, but we took the left hand fork which brings you out onto a quiet country lane. We rejoined the bridleway, and headed along Wain Lane, past Middlerigg Tarn and towards the A591.
From the main road, there are many routes you can take back to Ambleside. We followed a rather convoluted course via a quick detour to Brockhole café and visitor centre for a tea break. We went through Newclose Wood for another beautiful display of bluebells, then back via Lowwood Hotel to the bridleway at High Skelghyll.